Take The Perfect Selfie With These Simple Tips

Composition, natural lighting, and background details can make or break your photo.

The selfie – a self-shot photo of yourself – has surged in popularity thanks to the presence of ever-improving mobile camera technologies. But all the technology in the world can’t make up for a bad picture. Follow these three tips to ensure your next selfie is your best selfie, whether you’re sending it to a friend or posting it on social media.

Quick answer: When you take a selfie, you should have fun trying different camera angles and settings, but keep in mind that natural lighting and clean backgrounds work best.

A man and woman take a selfie in their home

1. Natural lighting works best.

If you’ve already dabbled in the art of the selfie, you know that lighting is everything. Bright indoor light can work, as long as it’s not coming from harsh, fluorescent bulbs, but natural lighting is your best option. If you’re stuck inside, take your selfie while facing a window. If you’re outside, make sure to face the sun, otherwise the light appearing behind you will wash out the rest of the image and it will be too hard to see your silhouette.

2. Keep your background simple.

Make sure the background contains only details you want in the picture, rather than unnecessary distractions.

In some cases, you might take a selfie because of the details in the background – a beautiful outdoor landscape, for example – which is great. But make sure the background contains only details you want in the picture, rather than unnecessary distractions. Indoor selfies are sometimes bogged down by a cluttered room, while outdoor selfies in crowded spaces may feature strangers in the background who attract more attention than the actual subject of the photo – you.

3. Have fun.

Every face is different, which means that your preferred selfie angle is unlikely to be the same as your friend’s. The solution? Lots of practice. Don’t be afraid to take a collection of selfies from a variety of angles to see which is your favorite.

Plus, you’ll have no problem finding a simple photo editing app on your marketplace of choice. Minor adjustments of contrast, brightness, and other key compositional elements may prove beneficial, but don’t overdo it, because aggressive edits will make your picture look less authentic.

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